Coosa County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Coosa County, Alabama ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Rockford
Organized: December 18, 1832
Parent County(s): Creek Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chilton  • Clay  • Elmore  • Shelby  • Talladega  • Tallapoosa
See County Maps
Coosa County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County name derives from a town of the Creek tribe.[2]The county is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Coosa County Courthouse
9709 US Hwy 231
PO Box 98
Rockford, AL 35136
Phone: 256-377-4988
Coosa District Court
9709 US Hwy 231
PO Box 115
Rockford, AL 35136
Phone: 256-377-4957
Coosa County Website

Probate Records Office has a few birth and death records 1920-1945, marriage, probate, land and military records from 1834. Circuit Court Records from 1834.[4]

Coosa County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1920 1834 1920 1834 1834 1834 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Coosa County had destructive courthouse fires in 1900 and 1925.[6] [7]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Coosa County was formed from the Creek Cession of 1832 so does not have a parent county.
  • County seat: Rockford[8]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Coosa County:[9]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Unincorporated communities
  • Hillwood
  • Holman Crossroads
  • Jon
  • Kellys Crossroads
  • Keyno
  • Lyle
  • Marble Valley
  • Moriah
  • Nixburg
  • Parkdale
  • Pentonville
  • Quinsey
  • Richville
  • Schley
  • Sehoya
  • Socapatoy
  • Soleo
  • Speed
  • Strickland Crossroads
  • Travelers Rest
  • Unity
  • Welona
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Coosa, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 6,995
1850 14,543 107.9%
1860 19,273 32.5%
1870 11,945 −38.0%
1880 15,113 26.5%
1890 15,906 5.2%
1900 16,144 1.5%
1910 16,634 3.0%
1920 14,839 −10.8%
1930 12,460 −16.0%
1940 13,460 8.0%
1950 11,766 −12.6%
1960 10,726 −8.8%
1970 10,662 −0.6%
1980 11,377 6.7%
1990 11,063 −2.8%
2000 12,202 10.3%
2010 11,539 −5.4%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Coosa County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Coosa County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.159 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Coosa County. The histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Coosa County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Coosa County:

- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company G
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Wetumpka Light Guards"
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Governor's Guards"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Coosa Volunteers"
- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D (Coosa Farmers)
- 34th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and C
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and K
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Coosah County has one book.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry $. Coosa County is in District 2.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Coosa County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Coosa Rockford Public Library
110 Main St
Rockford, Alabama 35136
Phone: 256-377-4911

Goodwater Public Library
36 Weogufka St
Goodwater, Alabama 35072
Phone: 256-839-5741

Horseshoe Bend Regional Library
205 N West Street
Dadeville, Alabama 36853
Phone: 256-825-9232

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Coosa County Historical Society
P. O. Box 388
Rockford, AL 35136
Library Phone: 256-377-4911
Publication: Coosa Heritage

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Coosa County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/02/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Coosa, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/02/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 25. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  7. Images for Coosa County, Alabama in A Historical Look at Our Nation's County Courthouses through Postcards (16 March 2014).
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Coosa County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 9 October 2018.